Super agent starts talks with Man City over Matthijs de Ligt and other transfer rumors


Mino Raiola has reportedly started talks with Manchester City over a possible transfer of Matthijs de Ligt.

Although the former Ajax defender apparently has no problems at Juventus, his agent would see the situation differently and already take steps to find a new club for his client.

According to Calciomercato, Raiola has started talks with City, as well as a few other of Europe’s top clubs.

Juve are however “unwilling to give discounts” to De Ligt, and any club seeking to remove him from Turin will have to part ways with € 150million under their release clause.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side do not want to let the player go and believe that there will not be many clubs able to meet their demands.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid have reportedly joined the race for Raheem Sterling after the 26-year-old put European clubs on high alert.

The England international admitted he would be ready to leave City if his opportunities did not increase, having struggled for playing time under Pep Guardiola so far this season.

Sterling, who started in City’s 2-0 win over Burnley on Saturday, has reportedly considered a Barcelona loan after being frustrated by the lack of opportunities in the current campaign.

But it is not only the Catalan giants who would be interested, their big rivals also being in contention.

According to Spain’s AS publication, Sterling is on Real’s radar as they examine possible Eden Hazard replacements Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale, who have all been linked with moves.

The same post also reports that Newcastle United will challenge City to sign Erling Haaland after their recent takeover.

AS (via SportWitness) say it is “not out of the question” for the Toon to try to sign the Borussia Dortmund forward, who has more than his fair share of admirers across Europe.

City, PSG and Real Madrid have all been linked with the Norwegian, although AS have suggested the latter appears to be stepping away from the race.

And with Newcastle now having considerable funds to raise after their takeover by Saudi Arabia, they may well be able to fight for one of Europe’s hottest properties.

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